A new poll released this week shows that President Donald Trump is as disliked as President Richard M. Nixon was on the day he resigned from office.
The Marist College Poll is reporting that only 20% of Americans find Donald Trump’s job performance as “excellent,” with an additional 20% listing him as “pretty good.”
At the bottom of the rankings, 13% said the President’s job performance is “fair,” with 45% reporting it as “poor.”
44 years ago this week, as President Nixon was preparing to resign the office, he also had a 45% majority of the country claiming he was doing a poor job, per the Harris poll.
Of course, the numbers split along party lines. A mere 2% of Democrats feel that trump is doing an excellent job, versus 49% of Republicans. At the other end of the scale, 80% of Democrats list his performance as poor, while only 6% of republicans would agree.
One major difference between Trump and Nixon’s number is the intensity of feelings over Trump. Only 70% of Democrats polled in 1974 felt Nixon’s performance was poor — ten points more favorable than Trump today.
The same is true for Republicans, with a mere 20% of 1974 Republicans giving Nixon an excellent rating.
The intensity of dislike by Democrats is expected to help in the polls come November’s midterm elections, potentially fueling a record turnout and a sizable victory for Democratic candidates.
The last time Democrats picked up such huge midterm wins? 1974.